Mary McNamara

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For 594 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 53% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 45% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 4.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Mary McNamara's Scores

Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Game of Thrones: Season 2
Lowest review score: 0 Stalker: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 68 out of 594
594 tv reviews
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Mary McNamara
    7 Days in Hell is as strange and splendid a bit of satire as you will ever find jampacked into 42 minutes of television.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Mary McNamara
    Shows as thematically and tonally diverse as "Downton Abbey," "The Americans," "Mad Men" and "Madam Secretary" all rely heavily on the changing nature of women's roles in the 20th (and 21st) century to heighten the drama between characters and make larger points about the modern age. Being a product of Marvel and ABC, Agent Carter is, well, a lot more fun.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Mary McNamara
    Elizabeth and Philip react with the appropriate amount of fear for and protectiveness of Paige and Henry. No doubt, this will further widen the cracks already forming in their political/professional resolve, but there is no going back: The Americans puts the kids front and center.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 80 Mary McNamara
    It's a bit of a mess, this first half hour, what with Sarah having a breakdown and quick jaunts to the Weimar Republic, but it gives Transparent more elbow room and the episodes that follow take full advantage. Though still heroic in her decision, Maura is more fully realized.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Mary McNamara
    Creator Jon Bokenkamp matches up a deliciously absurd uber-story (20 years later, rogue spy turned freelance criminal comes in from the cold...) with the mother of all procedural shticks (and he's going to bring all his friends and enemies with him). But the ace in the hole is Spader.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Mary McNamara
    The Event seems prepared to make its characters as complex as its storyline, always an event worth attending.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Mary McNamara
    Throw in Wysocki's rookie niece, some intra-force rivalry, those great Chicago locations and a Polish sausage or two, and you have a show that breaks the network code, and that alone is worth watching.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Mary McNamara
    High School Musical 2 s zippier, bouncier, prettier, more soulful and even more musical than its predecessor, and that's saying something.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Mary McNamara
    This time around everyone, Byrne in particular, moves with an air of confidence that allows you to keep your eyes on the knives being juggled in the air rather than the person doing the juggling. Which is exactly where you want the audience's eyes to be when you're pulling off a con, or a show like Damages.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Mary McNamara
    A show that is visually poetic, normatively compelling and, most important, sustainable for a good long haul.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Mary McNamara
    With the aid of Jacobs' standout performance and just enough humor and insight, [Love] slowly lulls you into a state of theta-wave fascination.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Mary McNamara
    His style of filmmaking--to obsessively explore his subject from as many points of entry as possible--is the cinematic definition of thought-provoking.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Mary McNamara
    The Divide is a tense and thoughtful drama, with what promise to be complex characters and at least one breakout performance.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Mary McNamara
    An effervescent and super-engaging addition to television's increasingly grim comic-book wars.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Mary McNamara
    Not only is Gregg a beloved actor playing a beloved character, Coulson is the perfect guide for Whedon's vision. He's a super-power-adjacent Everyman who may be able to make the television series just as good, in its own way, as the film franchise.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Mary McNamara
    Certainly nostalgia is a factor.... But delight may be a better word. It's always good to see an old friend, and an old pro in action. Live Another Day gives us both.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Mary McNamara
    Thematically ambitious with a strong and nuanced cast, Being Mary Jane, which stars Gabrielle Union, combines daytime television talking points with cable-worthy character depth.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Mary McNamara
    Creators Ed McCardie (the British "Shameless") and Corinne Marrinan ("CSI") understand that characters are what make memorable television, though the shifting moods of the cinematography certainly doesn't hurt either.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 80 Mary McNamara
    For as long as it has, 12 Monkeys works beautifully as a fast-paced sci-fi thriller that is actually far more complex.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Mary McNamara
    It's a solid enough formula, and if the writers have overly epic ambitions, they also have a collective eye for detail.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Mary McNamara
    The series opens with an episode so nuanced and thoughtful, so quietly moving and genuine, it's almost impossible to believe it is made by many of the same people who helped build a family empire off the infamy of a young woman's sex tape.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Mary McNamara
    Best of all, Supergirl is just great television. Even those suffering from mild-to-severe super-hero fatigue will be instantly charmed by Benoist's initially uncertain Kara Zor-El and the slick and witty world Greg Berlanti has created for her.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Mary McNamara
    They all dance and throw punches in a script fast-paced and brimming with literate wit.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Mary McNamara
    Held together almost entirely by Cranston’s performance, All the Way seems at times intentionally counter-intuitive; so much of the story’s advancement depends on deals that no one feels really great about that it’s hard to find the kind of catharsis many expect from these sorts of films.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Mary McNamara
    If the targets and tone of her comedy were clearly flavored by her “Daily Show” roots, Bee’s voice is completely her own.... The only bad thing about the premier of Full Frontal was its brevity.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Mary McNamara
    Murder in the First, a masterfully paced balance of tricky whodunit and character development, seems to have benefited from both Bochco's hits and the misses, as well as the cable-led experimentation with shorter seasons.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Mary McNamara
    With the rest of the cast hitting the same high notes as Margulies and the script, The Good Wife promises to be that Holy Grail of television: a good criminal procedural that barely disguises the insightful, multilayered human drama that lies beneath.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Mary McNamara
    An emotional, necessarily freaky but surprisingly logical and altogether satisfying story and, one hopes, a reset for future seasons.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Mary McNamara
    Though his [Carlton Cuse's] version is not quite as eerie and enigmatic as the French version, it's still pretty dang eerie and enigmatic, particularly for those watching the story unfold for the first time.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Mary McNamara
    Dexter is a weekly marvel of writing, acting and conceit.

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